How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Geek Requirements:
Sci-fi, nostalgia, animation, technology, magic.

What's it About?
Two men and a baby.  Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are charged, among all that is going on in the galactic civil war, to rescue a slimy little Hutt baby.  Right - Jabba's son.  They are joined by a padawan, Ahsoka Tano, a youngling straight out of... whatever school it is younglings go to, who is assigned to learn under Anakin.  Definitely not his coolest apprentice.

How to Appreciate It
Um...  You pretty much have to be a kid at heart.  I'm not gonna lie; this movie is pretty much geared toward a younger audience.  And not even like Shrek where it has stuff that adults can appreciate.  It's just juvenile all around.

Is it Worth It?
To say that seeing any incarnation of Star Wars is not worth it would be a lie.  The series has been engrained into the culture like a brand on cattle.  Not being caught up with all that is canon about Star Wars is grounds to revoke your geek license.  And in this instance, this is probably the best reason you're going to have to see Clone Wars.

I wasn't kidding when I said it was juvenile.  On-the-nose dialog, slapstick humor, wacky cartoon voices.  There's no Jar-Jar, but the battle droids pretty much took his place.  The only good thing about that is that you can constantly kill battle droids without getting on the bad side of a Jedi.  I knew I was headed for trouble when I saw that they decided to forgo the iconic scrolling text at the beginning in favor of AN ANNOYING ANNOUNCER VOICE THAT SOUNDS MORE IN PLACE IN ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE!  ::cough::  Excuse me...

But seriously!  How did that even make it past the editing room??

The action sequences could only partly make up for that HUGE blunder.  To compare this animated feature to the rest of the series, I would put it equal if not slightly below Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  The story was fair enough, you can never go wrong with the development of Star Wars characters, and the action in itself was flawless... it's just the subtle, annoying "humor" bits, the crap dialog and the frakkin ANNOUNCER VOICE that screwed this whole thing up for me.

Watch this on your TV so you can fast forward through the first minute or so.  Maybe if you do that your experience will be better than mine.

The best part of the night was this: